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Which would you choose ??
Ok, have a small dilemma, am starting a course next week and have the two cameras in mind, due to the prices that have just become available close to me..

Canon 400DNikon D40.

Bearing in mind that i'm a total beginner, so am looking to get to grips with the basics and hopefully have something that lasts me for a fair while..

Look forward to your opinions..

Thanks..

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Of those two, the Canon 400D..

But it's not really a fair comparison as the Canon 400D is a step up from the Nikon D40 in terms of facilities, resolution and price. A more appropriate comparison would be to compare the Canon 400D with the Nikon D40x or D60..

Anyway, the Canon 400D is an excellent and very popular camera, and a very good price now that it is nearing the end of it's cycle (in the process of being replaced by the 450D)..

Best wishesMike..

Comment #1

THanks for the reply. Have just checked the stock and the bloody thing is out, so didn't move to quickly on it...nevermind huh. Looks as though it could be the Nikon D40 after all, coming in at 249, not too bad a price mind...

Thanks again..

Comment #2

Don't worry, the D40 is very good too and very popular. It has a reputation as being ergonomcally well designed and user-friendly, and the kit lens is good..

Just bear in mind that as and when you want more lenses, you need to get ones that have a motor in the lens, as there isn't an autofocus motor in the camera body a cost-saving measure). So not all Nikon-fit lenses will autofocus on the D40, but there are plenty that do..

Best wishesMike..

Comment #3

The Pentax K100D could also be on your short list..

Check it our here:.

Http://www.digitalcamerareview.com/...wsID=3182&review=pentax+k100d+super.

For some unknown reason, Pentax dSLRs seem to be ignored by review sites in favour of their perennial darling Canon, and it's peer Nikon..

As it'll soon be a runout model, it's current pricing is very attractive for it's feature set  and the fact that you can use cheap but high class 40-year-old Pentax lenses on it...

Cheers ..

Comment #4

Mike703 wrote:.

..... as there isn't an autofocusmotor in the camera body a cost-saving measure). So not allNikon-fit lenses will autofocus on the D40, but there are plenty thatdo..

Mike.

While your advice is plainly right it is slight oversimplification to say that omitting the motor is purely cost driven (OK. I know this is the Beginners Forum!)..

It is also a weight and space saving measure. Furthermore Canon moved to in lens motors about 20 years ago (To howls of protest at the time). Nikon is now taking that step in more evolutionary fashion. All autofocus lenses announced since 2003 have been AF-S (i.e in lens motor)..

There is a near complete list of lenses that will AF on the D40 here:.

Http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/nikond60/page3.asp.

Chris Elliott.

*Nikon* D Eighty + Fifty - Other equipment in Profile.

Http://PlacidoD.Zenfolio.com/..

Comment #5

Fair point. Similarly, the new Pentax DA* zoom lenses have motors in too even though the camera bodies also do, because of faster / quieter performance. It may be that camera evolution is moving in that direction. The fuss when the D40 came out, minus an in-body motor, reminded me of the fuss when the first iMac came out without a floppy disk drive (gasp)....

Best wishesMike..

Comment #6

Be patientin all the key criteria the Canon is the best bang for buck buy at present.You may even consider fleabay.Nikon D80 would be worth considering but will cost you more.Canon 400D is awesome value at present.PJT..

Comment #7

I am beginner and wondered if buying the Canon 400D was foolish with the 450D released, would be a push to afford the 450D, but worried if I buy 400D I will want upgrade soon?..

Comment #8

If you are a beginner the 400D will do you fine. It is one of the most popular DSLRs ever and, the pace of technological advance being what it is, is considerably better than professional standard cameras of a few years ago (and a tenth of the price). It will be a long time before you reach the stage where the limitations of the camera are holding you back. It is very good value because it is being 'cleared' from the shelves to make way for the marginally better 450D (and the differences are marginal)..

Best wishesMike..

Comment #9

Kenneth Joyce wrote:.

I am beginner and wondered if buying the Canon 400D was foolish......

Definitely not. Particularly as a "beginner", the Canon 400D with the 17-85mm kit lens would be a great choice  both technically, and from a creative aspect..

Would be a push to afford the 450D......

Don't even think of it..

.....but worried if I buy 400D I will want upgrade soon?.

No, don't be. You won't want to "upgrade soon", especially considering you haven't even bought the 400D yet. Again  as a beginner  the 400D will more than satisfy your learning curve and artistic needs for at least 2 to 3 years hence, at which time the 450D will be yesterday's flavour itself..

Cheers ..

Comment #10

BlackDraken wrote:.

The Pentax K100D could also be on your short list..

Check it our here:.

Http://www.digitalcamerareview.com/...wsID=3182&review=pentax+k100d+super.

For some unknown reason, Pentax dSLRs seem to be ignored by reviewsites in favour of their perennial darling Canon, and it's peer Nikon..

As it'll soon be a runout model, it's current pricing is veryattractive for it's feature set  and the fact that you can use cheapbut high class 40-year-old Pentax lenses on it...

Cheers .

I agree. Gota K100D myself and wayed up getting a D40 at the time. Both similar price and size. Personally you do need to try out a dSLR before you buy to make sure the handling suits you, much more important than with buying a compact camera..

K100D Pros:.

Better build qualityIS built in with sensor shiftBest quality kit lens (metal mount)Vast amount of old Pentax lenses availableDepth of Field PreviewAuto Bracketing.

D40 Pros:.

More intuitive interface for beginnersRGB histogram in playbackBetter continous shootingFaster focussing..

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